milwaukee-coordinatorMarquette is hiring! They are looking for a Coordinator for LGBTQ Programs and Services to facilitate the university’s new LGBTQ Resource Center. Savvy employer that it is, the Catholic university is advertising for the position in publications like Seasons of Pride LGBT Queer Gay Jobs “the LGBT community’s leading online recruitment portal for gay, queer and LGBT friendly
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The job looks quite demanding. Among the many requirements, they want someone with a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel, Higher Education Administration, or related field and a minimum 2 years of experience in event planning and coordinating college level programming.

Someone of this caliber and level of expertise in the LGBTQ community may well have some reservations about taking a position with an institution that calls itself “Catholic.” After all the Catholic Church holds, and has always held, that homosexual activity is “grave depravity” and “intrinsically disordered.” Understandably, a discerning LGBTQ job applicant would want some clarity around all this before accepting such a challenging position.

So for those who are interviewing for Marquette’s Coordinator for LGBTQ Programs and Services position, we recommend you put the following questions to the university:

  1. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in Catechism number 2357 that “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.” Does Marquette share this view of homosexual activity?
  2. Pope Francis recently met with Kim Davis, anti-gay-marriage activist, in what appears to be a show of support for her stance. Does Marquette, which has been very vocal in its support of Pope Francis, support this particular action?
  3. Pope Francis is reported to have strongly criticized modern theories of gender and declared what he calls “gender ideology” as “demonic.” Does Marquette share the Pope’s view on these issues?
  4. A number of high ranking Catholic officials have spoken out forcefully about their opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling on same sex marriage. Does Marquette share their sentiments?
  5. Traditional Catholic’s point to the scriptural basis and long apostolic tradition of Church opposition to homosexual activity. Does Marquette, as part of that Catholic tradition, concur with these views?
  6. There is an approved apostolate of the Catholic Church – COURAGE INTERNATIONAL— which claims to minister to those with homosexual or same-sex attractions and has chapters in cities throughout the world including Madison and Green Bay. Why not just start a Courage chapter at Marquette?
  7. If Marquette is willing to ignore all of the above, which your advertisement strongly implies, why bother calling yourselves “Catholic” at all anymore? It just makes things more complicated for all of us.